stage design, Perpetuum, St. Pölten (AT), 2018
(with Maria Schwarzmayr)
"Höllenangst" by Johann Nestroy is a play about confusion and mistaking, which leads to plenty of different fast changing scenes. The only element being present in almost every setting is some kind of room. Therefore our key element is a cube portraying a simplified archetype of a room. For each scene the cube has a different position on the stage, representing an anchor point of the implied spaces that are somewhere settled around. Even every space itself is only a simplified version of its own. What's necessary is there, the rest is left out. An industrial plastic curtain is covering the backside of the cube, embodying a wall on the one hand but also providing the opportunity of fast entrances and exits on the other hand, on a stage that is limited to only on possibile entrance.
Direction by Gerhard Egger, costumes by Ale Elsbacher, stage design by Maria Schwarzmayr and Edgar Lessig, stagehands and lighting by Thomas Gallhuber. Cast: Iris Teufner, Martin Freudenthaler, Matthias Buchinger, Mario Seltenheim, Fritz Humer, Georg Wandl, Susanne Denk, Bernhard Scharl, Maisa Šrndić, Hans-Jörg Kickinger, Hasan Ocak, Susanne Steigenberger, Heimo Huber, Bernhard Paumann, Heidi Scheibelreiter-Leppich.